Ties That Bind by Carolyn Arnold

Ties That Bind

By Carolyn Arnold

  • Release Date: 2011-05-25
  • Genre: Police Procedural
Score: 4.5
From 345 Ratings
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The hunt for a serial killer begins…

Detective Madison Knight concluded the case of a strangled woman an isolated incident. But when another woman’s body is found in a park killed with the same brand of neckties, she realizes they’re dealing with something more serious.

Despite mounting pressure from the sergeant and the chief to close the case even if it means putting an innocent man behind bars, and a partner who is more interested in saving his marriage than stopping a potential serial killer, Madison may have to go it alone if the murderer is going to be stopped.


“Usually it’s hard for me to read cop books without picking them apart but once I started this one I couldn’t put it down. TIES THAT BIND was more realistic than anything I’ve ever read and for the entire book I felt like it was me. The way Carolyn wrote Madison describes me and the way I work and even my personal life to a t. I have never felt more connected to a character. Thank you for creating something so real.”
Deputy Rebecca Hendrix, LeFlore County Sheriff’s Department
Poteau, Oklahoma

“I related to this story immediately. It is truly believable in its writing as it is vivid. I felt a kinship with the main character and that continued throughout the story. Well written and I am looking forward to more in the series. Highly recommended.”
Richard Goodship, Police Officer and Forensic Investigator (Ret.)
Ontario, Canada

“Coming from an author that is not in Law Enforcement, I was extremely impressed by the amount of research she must have done. From the needed sugar rush to put her emotions in order to view a murder scene to the tenuous and stressful relationships with the Brass Bosses, this book was dead on.”
Stacy Eaton, Police Investigator and Certified Crime Scene Investigator
Pennsylvania, United States

"I thrive on rich characters and TIES THAT BIND did a superb job of capturing the law enforcement partner relationship."
Kevin Johnson, Sergeant (Ret.)
Minneapolis, MN


  • Arrest the Right Guy

    By J0J0s4X4
    Good plot, flows well and hard to put down - it keeps you captivated to the twist ending. The story line involves identical twins ... one good and one evil.
  • Ties that bind

    By Teddy451
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Madison Knight is such a real character as are the other people in this story. Looking forward to read the next book in the series.
  • So-So

    By Issy's MomMom
    As an avid reader, and have read Ms. Arnold's works before, but this novel is quite confusing. A little wordy, and not much in the way of clues to keep me guessing or that interested. I find myself rereading passages as the way it's written, it's hard to tell who said what. The story was interesting, and I only kept reading to find out whodunnit. As a woman, I cannot simply cannot stand how the main character hits, pinches and punches her partner simply because she's a woman and he's not. For a character who is supposed to be a "woman's libber" to be physical against anyone is horrible, but to justify actions because she's a woman sets equal rights back.
  • Great, realistic read!

    By KelsMarie89
    Struggled to put this one down actually, and I'm normally a love story, fifty shades kind of girl. So glad to have found this author. Love how easily the stories unfold. Highly recommend! (& I'm not one to leave reviews like...ever LOL)
  • Ties that Bind

    By Crackeddishb
    Didn't find it worth my time.
  • Wonderful read!

    By Tootoocute
    Very believable main characters; twisted solution; well written dialogue and story. Good stuff!
  • Ties That Bind

    By Tenderloin56
    Easy to read, not too much suspense, good twist.
  • Great characters, great read!

    By Emkb2011
    I think this book is very good, once I started it was hard to put down. Characters are interesting, smart & easy to relate to. Keeps you on your toes to the end, well written.
  • Ties That Bind

    By Vigilant Reader
    Ties That Bind Carolyn Arnold Mystery, Detective, Police Procedural 79,900 Words Rating 4.0 our of 5.0 posted 12/9/15 When a murder victim is found with a tie wrapped around her neck it's filed as an isolated incident. But when a second victim is found murdered with the same brand of tie Detective Madison Knight strongly suspects a serial killer is at work and anticipate more murders. The relationship between Madison and her junior partner Terry added mostly good natured conflict. The two of them sparred constantly and provided an internal story besides the murders. It didn't take many appearances by her Sergeant and the Police Chief to form the same low opinion of the men that Madison had developed. The characters are interesting and well defined. Madison is shown to be a single workaholic with a passive aggressive personality. She constantly thinks of what she coulda, shoulda, woulda done. Editing is okay except for minor occasional issues, and the plot held my attention. I recommend this story. On the negative side, there is far too much telling in narrative instead of using dialog to carry the story and inform the reader. In addition, the writing is wordy. I cringed when Layton rented a car under a phony name he'd just made up. He couldn't have had a credit card in that name, and I know from experience I can't rent a car without one. That should have been researched and caught. This story is rated 4.0 This is a review of a free book. Vigilant Reader Book Reviews.
  • Great story with a twist

    By Williamzb66
    I was totally surprised by this book. Not often does one get pulled into a story like this. Once I started, it was almost impossible to put it down. The characters were real and the ending which I did not see coming was great. Anyone who likes a good mystery will love this book